Hello… so glad you’re here!
For today’s Q-T-T, I’ll show you how I cut knob/pull machine screws to fit any type of hardware in every type of furniture… quickly and easily!
If you paint and restyle a lot of furniture, you’ve probably run into this problem…
When swapping out and changing the hardware, often the screws won’t fit correctly. You end up with this long screw sticking out of the back side of your drawer or the knob not fitting as tightly as it should.
Here are two examples.
Rather than buy and use up extra storage space for various boxes of different lengths and widths of machine screws; here’s an easy solution:
I buy a box of longer screws and use a screw cutter to cut them down to the EXACT size I need. This way I can customize the screws to whatever length I need and the inside of my drawers always look neat and professional.
Here are the same two drawers after. The top screw on the left drawer has been cut to size and countersunk for a clean flush look. The drawer on the right shows how I slightly shortened the screw to prevent any scratching or snagging.
Screw cutters (technically I believe this tool is called an electrical wire stripper) are specifically made to cut screws without damaging the threads. To be extra sure there are no sharp ends or thread damage, after I cut, I always use a screw driver to turn the screw in a little further, and then back it out completely. This way I know the threads are in PERFECT working order!
I also really like these Truss Head Break Away Screws. I buy the 2″ in 8-32 and 10-32 which allows me to customize easily. The break away grooves make it really easy to cut with the Klein Screw Cutters.
I’ve found the Klein Tool Cutter (I believe I paid around $30 for it) to be an EXCELLENT time saver and investment. I never worry about what size screw(s) I need for my projects. I just customize them whenever I need to!
Do you have any tips for installing new hardware? Chime in because I always love hearing your ideas!
Have an amazing day!
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